Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of April 24, 2019

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ALAN HENRY Water clear main lake and 63 degrees, stained up the river and 70 degrees; 2.22’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and fair on Texas rigged Power Worms and Z–Man TRDs. Crappie bite is improving. Catfishing is good upriver on cut bait.
AMISTAD Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 26.22’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs, small crankbaits, and spoons. White bass are good on slabs, small crankbaits, and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water stained; 58–66 degrees; 1.04’ high. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, 2” Storm WildEye Swim Shad and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, Flukes and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
AUSTIN Water lightly stained; 64–75 degrees; 0.66’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shakyheads, Texas rigs and 5” Senkos. Sunfish are slow to fair on dough bait and red wigglers. Catfish are fair to good on cut or live shad and nightcrawlers.
BASTROP Water stained; 61–65 degrees. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.71’ high. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are good on spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on minnows around structure under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.
BENBROOK Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 1.30’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
BOB SANDLIN Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Senkos, buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs, and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BRAUNIG Water stained. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds and near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are good on liver and shad near the pier. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, cheesebait, and cut bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait in 15–20 feet.
BRIDGEPORT Water lightly stained; 67–70 degrees: 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, weightless Senkos and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are excellent on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs in 4–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits in 2–6 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkin jigs, jerkbaits, and Carolina rigged lizards along break lines in 15–25 feet. Striped bass are good trolling white/chartreuse striper jigs and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs, and trolling crankbaits at the mouths of creeks. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CADDO Water lightly stained; 71–74 degrees; 2.60’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and hollow body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water stained. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits in reed beds. Striped bass are very good on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair down rigging silver spoons near the dam in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, shrimp, and prepared bait near the railroad trestle. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, watermelon jigs, and watermelon red soft plastic worms in 20–25 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling white striper jigs. White bass are fair jigging Pirk Minnows in the main river channel. Smallmouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees, 0.01’ high. Black bass are slow on shakeyhead worms, squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 13.97’ low. Black bass are good on white spinnerbaits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLEMAN Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water stained; 64 degrees in the main lake, 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 67–71 degrees in main lake; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY Water fairly clear; 59–67 degrees; 12.77’ low. Black bass are fair to good on green pumpkin finesse jigs, white chatterbaits and 5” green pumpkin Senkos. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
CONROE Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.
COOPER Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.80’ high. Black bass are fair on Flukes, Texas rigged worms and topwater walking baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs.
CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE Water off color; 68–75 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are fair to good on white chatterbaits, Texas rigs and shad pattern shallow running crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live or dead shad.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN Water lightly stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, shakeyhead worms, and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FAIRFIELD Water lightly stained. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, Flukes and topwaters. No report on other species.
FALCON Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 26.43’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Brush Hogs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, and cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water stained. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Rat–L–Traps, Senkos, flukes, and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
FORK Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, hollow body frogs and Texas rigged worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water stained; 58–67 degrees; 0.73’ high. Black bass are fair to good on 4” Mardi Gras YUM Dingers, shakyheads, Texas rigs and pearl crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon red and green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
GRANBURY Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps over grass. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and black tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
GRANGER Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon jigs and Rat–L–Traps in timber. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
GRAPEVINE Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 2.64’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, topwater poppers and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
GREENBELT Water off color; 57–67 degrees; 35.69’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs and live minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows under a float. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are fair on swim baits and crankbaits along the north side of the lake. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with perch and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water stained; 58–65 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair to good on chartreuse Sexy Shad chatterbaits, Texas rigs and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut shad.
JOE POOL Water stained; 67–70 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and weightless Senkos. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water lightly stained; 68–72 degrees: 5.39’ high. Black bass are good on hollow body frogs, Texas rigged craws and buzz frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON Water stained; 68–72 degrees: 2.26’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, buzzbaits and Flukes. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LBJ Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinnerbaits along ledges. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair jigging blue tube jigs and Pirk Minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are slow.
LEWISVILLE Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.18’ high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and swim jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 1.20’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE Water stained; 56–68 degrees; 78.90’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, white/chartreuse spinnerbaits and Sexy Shad squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 76–82 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, swim jigs and topwater poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
MEREDITH Water fairly clear; 52–65 degrees; 48.91’ low. No reports on black or smallmouth bass. There are a few reports of walleye being caught on live bait and artificials. Bream are slow to fair on cut nightcrawlers. Channel catfish are fair on live or dead shad.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, black buzzbaits and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
NASWORTHY Water stained; 61–68 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged black/blue Power Worms, shakyheads and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on stinkbait, live bait and nightcrawlers.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 1.32’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 58–67 degrees; 15.86’ low. Black bass are fair to good on 5” YUM Dingers, Texas rigs and shad pattern spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 59–66 degrees; 0.73’ high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, Texas rigged watermelon seed creature baits and split shot rigged flukes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.12’ high. Black bass are fair on shakeyhead worms, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water fairly clear; 63–69 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and Rapala DT 10s. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows with a split shot weight. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners and live shad. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.58’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are fair trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 67–70 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, Texas rigged craws and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained: 66–70 degrees; 0.97’ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, shakeyhead worms and Texas rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.05’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on live minnows and watermelon jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 1.82’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE Water off color; 59–67 degrees; 36.49’ low. Black bass are fair to good on white chatterbaits, Texas rigged watermelon candy Baby Brush Hogs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows under a cork. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
STAMFORD Water stained to muddy; 58–65 degrees; 1.70’ high. Black bass are fair to good on shakyheads, white chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on split shot rigged live minnows and marabou jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 0.47’ low. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.52’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water stained; 57–68 degrees; 0.26’ high. This lake is currently experiencing a fish kill due to golden alga. Biologists are monitoring the situation and will post updates as they become available. Fish populations have been substantially reduced by the golden alga blooms.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.73’ high. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits, Texas rigged craws and hollow body frogs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.
TEXANA Water stained; 69–77 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and Senkos. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
TEXOMA Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 3.69’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, topwaters and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.60’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and red tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are good on brown jigs, smoke grubs, and crawfish crankbaits in 8–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white spoons in 20–40 feet. White bass are fair on white spoons and chrome crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water stained. Black bass are good on shallow running crankbaits and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are excellent on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyhead worms, topwaters and Texas rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 55–67 degrees; 22.57’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigged 7” black/blue fleck Power Worms, chrome Rat–L–Traps and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on split shot rigged live minnows. Catfish are good live or dead minnows.
WHITNEY Water stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 9.00 high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
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